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RELIGIONS WITH HIGHEST NUMBER OF FOLLOWERS IN THE WORLD

Religion is a major part of human existence and development. Although as a Christian, I have always had interest in other religions and their doctrines by conducting various research on them. Therefore, this article will expose us to the religions with the highest number of followers worldwide.

In terms of population, Christianity is the number one religion in the world. It has over 2.3 billion followers, which is almost 33% of the population of the world and out of which 50% are Roman Catholics.

While Christianity is not the oldest religion in the world, it has gathered a lot of believers of which its teachings are based on the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Secondly, the highest religion in terms of population is the Islamic religion. The Islamic religion which was instituted by the teachings of prophet Mohammed has about 1.5 billion followers worldwide.

It is further divided into two with about 80% Sunni Muslims and 20% Shia Muslims. The division in the Muslim religion occurred due to the succession dispute after the death of prophet Mohammed.

The non-religious or atheist is the third to make this list. The atheist are people that do not have any religion and do not believe in the existence of gods.

The fourth to make this list is the Hindu religion. Hinduism is one of the world’s major religions which is highly practiced in Asia with over 900 million followers. The followers of this religion believe in the doctrines of samsara; the endless cycle of life, death and reincarnation.

The final religion to make this list is Buddhism: this religion is an ancient religion which started in India about 2,500 years ago. The followers of this religion believe that the four noble truths and the eightfold path describe the nature of human suffering and a way to liberate oneself from the existential pains of life and reach nirvana.

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